Mystery Book Discussion Group
Bring your lunch and join us the third Tuesday of the month from noon to 1 in the conference room on the second floor of the Main Library, at 361 Washington Street.
Copies of the book to be discussed will be available at the front desk 4 weeks before the meeting.If you have any questions, please contact reference librarian Liz Mellett at (617) 730-2369 or via email.
Nicola Upson, An Expert in Murder (2008)
Aug 18, 2015 Main Library, Conference Room
Crime writer Josephine Tey travels to London for the final week of her play Richard of Bordeaux. The murder of a young woman she met on the train leads her into a mystery as puzzling as anything she herself had written. This novel, the first in a series featuring Golden Age mystery writer Tey, marked “the arrival of a new and assured talent,” according to P.D. James. Winner of an Escalator/Arts Council Award.
Agatha Christie, A Murder is Announced (1950)
Sep 15, 2015 Main Library, Conference Room
“A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6:30pm.” A notice in the Chipping Cleghorn Gazette is assumed to be a practical joke until a real murder takes place. We celebrate the Queen of Crime’s 125th anniversary by reading this favorite Miss Marple puzzle.
Dennis Lehane, A Drink Before the War (1994)
Oct 20, 2015 Main Library, Conference Room
Some powerful Boston politicians are willing to pay private investigators Kenzie and Gennaro big money for a seemingly small job: find a missing cleaning woman who stole some secret documents. But this is not an ordinary theft – it is all about justice. Dorchester native Lehane won the 1995 Shamus Award for Best First Novel for this series debut.
Faye Kellerman, The Ritual Bath (1986)
Nov 17, 2015
Detective Peter Decker of the LAPD investigates a brutal crime in a remote Yeshiva community in the California hills. Young Orthodox widow Rina Lazarus helps him navigate a maze of religious laws that make this insular world a foreign country to Decker. This series debut won the 1987 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery.
Tana French, Into the Woods (2007)
Dec 15, 2015 Main Library, Conference Room
As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, three children do not return from the nearby woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours. Twenty years later, that boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.
Hank Phillippi Ryan, Truth be Told (2014)
Jan 19, 2016 Main Library
Reporter Jane Ryland is covering what is supposed to be a simple, if heartbreaking, home foreclosure. “Terrible facts. Great pictures. A perfect newspaper story.” The discovery of a body in the empty house leads Ryland to a much bigger story about corruption – and some powerful people who will stop at nothing to keep the truth from coming out. EMMY Award-winning investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan won the Agatha Award for this third entry in the captivating Jane Ryland/Jake Brogan series.